European Waterways has just completed its latest series of expensive upgrades to several hotel barges as part of its ongoing fleet improvement program. Some of the vessels have recently spent time out of the water in various specialist boatyards where skilled craftsmen have refurbished the vessels for the new 2011 season.
These luxury, fully-crewed ‘floating hotels’ take passengers on unique voyages along canals all over Europe, including France, Italy and the UK and to keep them in tip-top condition, several hundred thousands of dollars have been spent on them this winter.
In particular, La Belle Epoque, cruising the Upper Burgundy Canal, has received some real TLC after 15 years loyal service as the company’s flagship. She has brand-new air conditioning, wood paneling, insulation, electrics and even new beds have been installed.
Anjodi, cruising on the bucolic Canal du Midi in Southwest France, now features new luxury bathrooms, saloon furniture and new soft furnishings throughout.
And L’Impressionniste, which glides sedately through the heart of Burgundy’s wine growing region, has also benefited from interior improvements, including one new bathroom, stylish new furniture, light fittings and bedding.
Prices for a six-night cruise in 2011 aboard Anjodi start from $4,190 for an individual booking and $29,500 for a full boat charter, La Belle Epoque and L’Impressionniste from $4,550 for individual bookings and $48,900 for a full boat charter.
European Waterways are also currently offering 25 percent or $5,000 off the full boat charter price on selected hotel barge departures, including the three featured here, and approximately $815 off per cabin on specific departures May to July.
European Waterways, www.gobarging.com